Louisiana United International, Inc.

311 supporters

    Started 3 petitions

    Petitioning John Bel Edwards

    Governor John Bel Edwards: Team with LUI to evacuate Louisiana's COVID-19 Death Chambers

    1.        Government reports on what is happening in Louisiana detention centers, jails, and prisons are inconsistent with what people confined in those facilities are telling their family members.  So at this point, the government reports are unreliable, and we have reason to believe that everyone incarcerated in the State of Louisiana is at risk of dying from COVID-19 infections, and that means thousands of Black people may get sick or die in captivity; 2.        The U.S. Constitution and international human rights treaties that are part of America’s federal law have a lot of fancy ways of making this point and that is:  The punishment should fit the crime.  Louisiana officials talking public safety outside that parameter – outside of keeping crime and punishment in proportion . . . when they go beyond those dynamics, they’re flirting with genocide; 3.        This is not an episode of Gray’s Anatomy.  Governors and Wardens are not empowered to choose one life versus another.  In the context of an epidemic or pandemic, their comparison should be limited to crimes and punishments that may include exposure to a deadly virus.  When that price is too high to pay given the circumstances of a person’s incarceration, he or she should be released under appropriate terms;  4.        What we have now are people confined because the tough on crime folks don’t want them released; 5.        Governor Edwards, Louisiana United International, Inc. (LUI) is  leading the fight against the COVID-19 Death Chambers that Louisiana's detention centers, jails, and prisons have become.  We need you to meet immediately with Belinda Parker-Brown, LUI’s CEO, and whomever she designates, to finalize arrangements for working directly with LUI in accomplishing a substantial, controlled evacuation of the state’s detention centers, jails, and prisons as LUI proposed in its March 31, 2020 letter to you about the matter.  Time is of essence.  We must stop the avoidable deaths of African Americans in the detention centers, jails, an prisons of Louisiana during the 2019-2020 COVID-19 pandemic;  6.      Please act immediately to meet with LUI as proposed.       

    Louisiana United International, Inc.
    183 supporters
    Petitioning Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

    Congress Must Ratify the Treaty for America to Join the International Criminal Court

    1.        Government reports on what is happening in Louisiana detention centers, jails, and prisons are inconsistent with what people confined in those facilities are telling their family members.  So at this point, the government reports are unreliable, and we have reason to believe that everyone incarcerated in the State of Louisiana is at risk of dying from COVID-19 infections, and that means thousands of Black people may get sick or die in captivity; 2.        The U.S. Constitution and international human rights treaties that are part of America’s federal law have a lot of fancy ways of making this point and that is:  The punishment should fit the crime.  Louisiana officials talking public safety outside that parameter – outside of keeping crime and punishment in proportion . . . when they go beyond those dynamics, they’re flirting with genocide; 3.        This is not an episode of Gray’s Anatomy.  Governors and Wardens are not empowered to choose one life versus another.  In the context of an epidemic or pandemic, their comparison should be limited to crimes and punishments that may include exposure to a deadly virus.  When that price is too high to pay given the circumstances of a person’s incarceration, he or she should be released under appropriate terms;  4.        What we have now are people confined because the tough on crime folks don’t want them released.  And, in recent history, not a single branch of U.S. government has upset their apple cart; 5.        The UN Human Rights Committee encouraged the Trump Administration to meet with Opt IN USA and other civil society groups about such dilemmas before average Americans even knew of a COVID-19 pandemic.  Opt IN USA’s basic complaint is that America’s legal system is regularly weaponized against Black people and anybody else it wants to take down.  On January 18, 2020, a coalition of 20 organizations joined in requesting the Trump Administration/Opt IN USA meeting, so far to no avail; 6.        Louisiana United International, Inc. (LUI) is among those 20 organizations.  It is also leading the fight against the COVID-19 Death Chambers that Louisiana's detention centers, jails, and prisons have become.  If LUI cannot take that fight to the International Criminal Court (ICC), there is unlikely to be any relief or accountability for the avoidable deaths of African Americans in the detention centers, jails, and prisons of Louisiana during the 2019-2020 COVID-19 pandemic;  7.      Congress should act immediately to ratify the treaty that would make America part of the ICC.       

    Louisiana United International, Inc.
    49 supporters
    Petitioning US State Department, Donald J. Trump, Department of Justice

    America's Legal System Will Not Free African Americans from Louisiana's Death Chambers

    1.        Government reports on what is happening in Louisiana detention centers, jails, and prisons are inconsistent with what people confined in those facilities are telling their family members.  So at this point, the government reports are unreliable, and we have reason to believe that everyone incarcerated in the State of Louisiana is at risk of dying from COVID-19 infections, and that means thousands of Black people may get sick or die in captivity; 2.        The U.S. Constitution and international human rights treaties that are part of America’s federal law have a lot of fancy ways of making this point and that is:  The punishment should fit the crime.  Louisiana officials talking public safety outside that parameter – outside of keeping crime and punishment in proportion . . . when they go beyond those dynamics, they’re flirting with genocide; 3.        This is not an episode of Gray’s Anatomy.  Governors and Wardens are not empowered to choose one life versus another.  In the context of an epidemic or pandemic, their comparison should be limited to crimes and punishments that may include exposure to a deadly virus.  When that price is too high to pay given the circumstances of a person’s incarceration, he or she should be released under appropriate terms;  4.        What we have now are people confined because the tough on crime folks don’t want them released.  And, in recent history, not a single branch of U.S. government has upset their apple cart; 5.        The UN Human Rights Committee encouraged the Trump Administration to meet with Opt IN USA and other civil society groups about such dilemmas before average Americans even knew of a COVID-19 pandemic.  Opt IN USA’s basic complaint is that America’s legal system is regularly weaponized against Black people and anybody else it wants to take down.  On January 18, 2020, a coalition of 20 organizations joined in requesting the Trump Administration/Opt IN USA meeting, so far to no avail; 6.        Louisiana United International, Inc. (LUI) is among those 20 organizations.  It is also leading the fight against the COVID-19 Death Chambers that Louisiana's detention centers, jails, and prisons have become.  The Trump Administration should meet immediately with LUI as part of an Opt IN USA delegation.  The lives of many Black people incarcerated in Louisiana are at stake.  Time is of essence.      

    Louisiana United International, Inc.
    79 supporters